The Road to Grace
by Richard Paul Evans
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2012
Richard Paul Evans commented on his Facebook page that many people have picked up and enjoyed "The Road to Grace" without reading the first two books in The Walk series. I've read and enjoyed all three, but after reading this one, I completely understand this phenomenon. This is definitely the strongest book in the series so far. All you need of the backstory is this: Alan Christoffersen has lost everything - his wife died and his business was stolen from him. To cope and grieve, he decided to walk across the country - from Seattle, Washington to Key West, Florida.
This installment finds him making the way from South Dakota through Missouri. Like the other books, this one features the individuals he meets along the way and the lessons they teach him. In "The Road to Grace," he encounters a very strong cast of characters, including his former mother-in-law who had abandoned his wife when she was a little girl, a concentration camp survivor, and a young widow who shares his pain over losing a spouse. In this book, Alan is finally starting to heal, but as the book closes, he faces an even bigger challenge. I'm greatly looking forward to the next chapter in the story.